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Jack Keane

Jack Keane was an Irish Miner out of Ballarat. He'd been prospecting for over 8 years finding pretty much nothing. One day in 1903 he discovered a ledge containing rich ore in the Funeral Mountains. Jack and his partner sold the claim immediately for $150,000 -- but they got the mine back after a year. Jack stayed associated with the mine until he shot and wounded a constable in Ballarat. He sold out and returned to Ireland. One night in a tavern, Jack was in a fight and killed a man -- He died in an Irish prison.

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Vertical shaft at Keane Wonder - Sometimes a hole looks like a hole.


View from the Keane Wonder


This tramway would carry the gold down to the mill.


The mill, where gold ore would be crushed for further processing.

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